Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape
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About the Author
Deborah Fleming is an equestrian, mountain climber, and organic gardener who writes poetry, fiction, essays, and works of scholarship. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and Ashland University, she has published books on Yeats, Jeffers, and Synge and has edited two collections of essays on Yeats. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.
"[One of] 9 Dazzling Small-Press Essay Collections You May Have Missed" -- Chicago Review of Books
"In stylish and eloquent prose, Fleming describes pleasures like a walk in the woods: 'In winter the trees seemed all upright trunks, and snow turned the bushes to lace; in spring the dogwood flowered white, and birdsong surrounded me.' She writes about farming and horses in Ashland County, where 'we reuse or recycle all we can.' She talks about working a garden by hand: 'pulling weeds can be a chore or an exercise in natural history.' Her closeness to and love of the land and its creatures permeate the book. Reflections on the work of key environmental figures including Henry David Thoreau and Johnny Appleseed also arise. Through the book's fascinating glimpses of Ohio's history, natural richness, and diversity, the audience becomes acquainted with its forests and parks, wildlife, farmers, and hunters. An especially interesting chapter highlights the state's 'plain people, ' the Amish. Fleming notes that 'for all our wanderings, home is the place that forges our character.' Resurrection of the Wild is a literary journey home that is well worth following. -- Foreword